Porsche 911 Carrera S vs Audi R8 RWS: PH Video!


I don’t really need to tell you this video is a proper Porsche 911 (992) geek-out, because the moment I mention the slightly dissatisfying action of the electric window switch at the three-minute mark, that much should become clear. The objective here was to get underneath the skin of the new 911 on roads we know well. To really interrogate it. Every time Porsche’s rear-engined sports car regenerates people like me ask the same hackneyed question: does it still feel like a 911?

Not wanting to break with tradition that’s exactly the question I pose in this vid. Because while it mightn’t be a particularly imaginative thing to ask, I do think it’s a necessary thing to ask, more so at a time when the 911 is getting bigger, heavier, more sophisticated and - outwardly at least - quite unlike those very compact and fizzy sports cars that built the 911 legend.

I also wanted to address the sheer cost of the thing, because if a single 911 Carrera S leaves a UK showroom with a five-figure sum on its sales invoice, I’ll be amazed. With a list price of £93,000 the Carrera S is now in practice a £100,000 car, which to me is supercar money. That’s why the 992 goes up against a nearly-new Audi R8 (perhaps ‘junior supercar’ is a better description) at the tail end of this film. If you’re paying supercar money, you want a supercar experience, don’t you?

Thank you for watching. This is the first in a series of videos that I’ll be making for PH along with videographer Harry Rudd. Anything that’s good about this video is down to him. Hope you enjoy it. And don't forget to subscribe to be the first to see our new videos!


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  • Deep 04 May 2019

    Personally I don't think the R8 has aged well. It now looks a very oddly shaped/proportioned car. Fantastic engine though!

  • redroadster 04 May 2019

    Porsche are most profitable car company in world for a reason ,fools keep paying more and more for cars .

  • justin220 04 May 2019

    Good video, although would have been good to include a McLaren/Ferrari/Lamborghini type car at the same budget. 911 is difficult to beat as an all rounder but personally wouldn't be spending my £100k on a R8 if I was looking for a supercar experience

  • dvshannow 04 May 2019

    redroadster said:
    Porsche are most profitable car company in world for a reason ,fools keep paying more and more for cars .
    Uh huh.... and why do they keep doing that?

  • Nubiann 04 May 2019

    Just get the feeling your conclusion is a little conforming to stereotype. Universally the R8 has been credited with being the best supercar to live with and use everyday but add to this your affirmation that the R8 is the most exciting of the two on a cross country blast, surely it should have informed your final choice. So I'm puzzled by the reason for choosing the somewhat anonymous 911, it does appear a bit me too and lame. The RWS will no doubt become a classic due to its relative rarity. You suggest the Porsche has to be pushed to its limits to get the excitement factor from it, to me you are describing a 911 that is inferior to the RWS in every area. Last weekend I was out having Sunday lunch in a very affluent market town in South Wales. There were 4 Porsches parked prominently in the space of 100 metres yet the head turner and I mean everyone, watched as an immaculate Gen 1 R8 burbled slowly up the street stopped outside a local store with a cash point. An unassuming guy, classily unaware that his beautiful ride was getting so much attention, got his cash, re fired the V8 and burbled slowly away out of town. You could hear the universal sighs of approval. R8 all R8's seem to get more admiring glances than Porsche's it's not the only reason I'd choose the R8 but I must admit its on the list. So R8 RWS for me hands down and that's not me being brave

    Edited by Nubiann on Saturday 4th May 09:55

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